Click here for a beautiful video presentation on caring for children with special needs. This presentation was created by the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University. While it shows families in an LDS community, the principles are easily applied by families and communities with multiple religious denominations.
Teaching Without Words: Special needs children require different educational approaches to help them discover their inner genius. This short presentation by Matthew Peterson explains an alternative style for you to consider. http://youtu.be/2VLje8QRrwg
- Click here for MIND Research Institute programs that teach math without words.
Resources for Specific Challenges
Auditory Processing Disorder
Autism and Related Challenges
(and other learning disabilities)
"Having a child with Asperger Syndrome in your class will have a different impact on your classroom environment than having a child with autism. But as is the case with all individuals on the autism spectrum, each individual with Asperger Syndrome is different and will present his or her own unique challenges.
"Children with Asperger Syndrome often display considerable academic strengths. Due to the effects of the disorder, however, these students often require different teaching strategies in order to discover and capitalize on those strengths. Within the school environment, students with Asperger Syndrome also face many obstacles to relationship building and interacting socially with their peers." (OAR, Organization for Autism Research)
Learn more about teaching strategies for Asperger Syndrome here: http://www.researchautism.org/educators/aspergersteps/index.asp
Learn how to cope with Asperger Syndrome from the experts who live with Aspergers. Great information can be found at: http://www.aspergerexperts2.com/ae-welcome/
Children with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) may exhibit a variety of listening and related complaints. For example, they may have difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments, following directions, and discriminating (or telling the difference between) similar-sounding speech sounds. Sometimes they may behave as if a hearing loss is present, often asking for repetition or clarification. In school, children with APD may have difficulty with spelling, reading, and understanding information presented verbally in the classroom. Often their performance in classes that don't rely heavily on listening is much better, and they typically are able to complete a task independently once they know what is expected of them. However, it is critical to understand that these same types of symptoms may be apparent in children who do not exhibit APD. Therefore, we should always keep in mind that not all language and learning problems are due to APD, and all cases of APD do not lead to language and learning problems. APD cannot be diagnosed from a symptoms checklist. No matter how many symptoms of APD a child may have, only careful and accurate diagnostics can determine the underlying cause.
Learn more about APD here: http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/Understanding-Auditory-Processing-Disorders-in-Children/
This website has a goldmine of information for children not only with autism and related challenges but for all children needing social and personal management skills (and who doesn't need to fine-tune). This link will take you to activities by Joel Shaul, LCSW such as conversation skills, understanding appropriate formality in behavior, loudness, respecting others' interests, anxiety, empathy, etc. Geared for ASD folks, but effective for general use as well!
"To someone who has not experienced Dyslexia, its effects may seem surprisingly far-reaching. Dyslexia hinders, to varying degrees, directional discrimination, or the ability to correctly identify physical orientation (left vs. right, up vs. down, etc.). Learning, more often than not, hinges on our capacity to distinguish between specific symbols that may look very similar to one another. Its most popular manifestation is letter or word reversals when trying to read, but it can also manifest as having difficulty with sequences of instructions (the order will get mixed up in the dyslexic person’s mind).
"Happily, we now know more than ever before about dyslexia, its symptoms, causes and its treatments. Science advances every day and with the increase of scientific data comes knowledge. At Learning Technics, it is our obsession to stay on top of the latest developments in brain research as related to learning disorders. We know that dyslexia and symptoms of dyslexia can be treated through physio-neurotherapy, which is a series of exercises that builds up the brain connections responsible for directional discrimination."
Learning Technics provides some free downloads as well as paid services on their website for dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Learn more about Learning Technics, Inc. here: http://www.learningtechnics.com/Dyslexia
- Lexia Reading Video: http://youtu.be/XMtbsbJsKeI
- Lexia Reading Website: http://www.lexialearning.com/
- Dyslexia Games: http://www.dyslexiagames.com/
- The Ultimate List of Dyslexia Resources:
- The Barton Reading Spelling System Website: http://www.bartonreading.com/
Misophonia is an involuntary reaction to trigger sounds. (lip smacking, typing, clock ticking, etc.) It is actually an acquired reflex that is controlled by your brain stem (the Autonomic Nervous System). A misophonia trigger creates a strong emotional reaction (often anger or rage). The reflex reaction to the trigger sound actually strengthens the reflex. So instead of going away with time, it only gets worse. For many people misophonia only gets worse with time. Misophonia may create some difficult barriers for educating children. The good news is that a treatment has been discovered. Age does not limit treatment. Old or young, this new treatment can provide relief from the horrible symptoms of misophonia. For young children, the treatment is a game played with parents. Learn more here: http://www.misophonia.us/